After rehabilitation, Morgan Whalen participates and sings at the Luke Bryan concert

Beleaguered country star Morgan Wallen returned to public life in a big way during Luke Bryan’s party on Friday night, receiving a standing ovation at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena as he joined Brian, Jason Aldean and Tyler Hubbard on the setting for celebratory shots. And I sing some of his best songs.

It was the second, and far more important, time that Wallen took the stage this year since retiring from the limelight in the wake of his N-word filming scandal in February, after a brief and surprising appearance on the tape of May Kid Rock. After the much-discussed interview on “Good Morning America” on July 23, partying with Bryan Friday seems to indicate that Wallen feels his time is up, although he hasn’t publicly discussed any party plans or anything else. .

Wallen performed “More Than My Hometown,” the first song he ever sang, “This is a song about staying true to yourself. This has been very difficult for me lately.

Wallen made what were said to be tequila shots with his three teammates after about a minute of thunderous applause, a move that is sure to impress some as an outlandish public gesture just a week after the singer told the host. from “GMA” Michael Strahan who had recently spent 30 days in rehab.

The singer told Strahan that after the racial slur uproar, which occurred at the end of what he described as a 72-hour binge, he was “trying to find out if I have a problem with alcohol.” If Wallen continues to answer that question, “GMA” did not include it in the show’s edit.

Wallen appeared after Aldean, who was already on stage with Bryan and Hubbard (from Florida Georgia Line), joked: “A really good friend is here backstage tonight. I don’t know if you know ”. “Do I need another dose of tequila to get over this?” Brian joked.

For his second and final issue, Wallen sang “Whiskey Glasses,” then stayed on stage at Aldean’s She’s Country.

Although the response among Bryan’s fans at Bridgestone hardly seemed more unanimous, the reaction on social media was unsurprisingly divided between fans who believe Wallen has already struggled too much in the box and those who believe that he has yet to fight. managed. Issues that came to light with controversy in February.

The “GMA” statement that appears to have done more harm than good by promoting Whalen’s return to widespread public trust came when he responded to Strahan’s question about whether, after a six-month hiatus in his career, he had arrived. to believe that country music had sweat problem. Wallen replied: “It seems so. I didn’t really sit down and didn’t think about it. “

Wallen’s explanation of “GMA” of why he used the slander that got him in trouble boils down to using the words “comically” and “ignorantly” between friends who “say stupid things together.” The singer told the morning show that he met with black leaders in recent months and donated $ 500,000 to black charities, including the Black Music Action Coalition.